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John McCain Not Sure if Condoms Stop Spread of HIV

AIDS has only been around, of course, for 25 years, so why should John McCain be expected to have a position on it?

John_mccainOn a tour bus in Iowa on Friday, McCain was posed with a few questions regarding his position on the distribution of taxpayer-subsidized condoms in Africa, as well as grants for sex education in the U.S., and finally, whether or not contraceptives help stop the spread of STDs.

Here's how the dialogue went, according to The Caucus blog:

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

Q: “I mean, I think you’d probably agree it probably does help stop it?”

Mr. McCain: (Laughs) “Are we on the Straight Talk express? I’m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I’m sure I’ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception – I’m sure I’m opposed to government spending on it, I’m sure I support the president’s policies on it.”

Q: “But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: ‘No, we’re not going to distribute them,’ knowing that?”

Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) “Get me Coburn’s thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn’s paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I’ve never gotten into these issues before.”

As of early 2006, AIDS has killed over 25 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The "Straight Talk Express" rides again...

McCain Stumbles on H.I.V. Prevention [the caucus blog]

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  1. The fact that abstinence-only "education" was even mentioned really ticks me off.

    Being only 20 myself I remember sex-ed rather well, though I was fortunate to have a real program that included contraceptives, etc. From what I've heard the abstinence programs preach fire and brimstone to anyone who gets their groove on -- contraceptives or not.

    Then again, thinking about sex and John McCain is rather disgusting as well... perhaps he should pledge a vow of abstinence just to keep such images out of our minds?

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 19, 2007 4:03:07 PM

  2. This is sad. How can this guy actually try and run the country when he can't even figure out whether he is for or against something as common as contraceptives.

    It could have been that the Senator didn't know for sure what "contraceptive" meant. Thankfully the interviewer switched the words to condoms in order to clarify for the the "stumped" senator and he STILL didn't get it.

    I think that someone spent some time in a microwave as a child...

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 19, 2007 4:29:43 PM

  3. We do not need another Alzheimer's patient as president!

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 19, 2007 4:34:44 PM

  4. shocking...

    Posted by: zach | Mar 19, 2007 6:48:17 PM

  5. Too many years in a cage and too much brain damage to recover.

    Posted by: ShawnSF | Mar 19, 2007 8:00:40 PM

  6. Let us hope no one on his staff attended the same medical school as Bill Frist...

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 19, 2007 9:28:08 PM

  7. If he doesn't know the answer to this question, just imagine what else McCain doesn't know. Truly frightening...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Mar 19, 2007 11:13:17 PM

  8. good thing oral/anal contact doesn't need the use of a contraceptive device as McCain has his full head all the up the ass of G.W. A total twit, panderer and let's just admit it - whorish politician who will try ANYTHING to get elected. War Hero (tm) McCain? this version of him is spinning faster than Hillary & Obama's on & off (& on?) embrace of gay immorality.

    why haven't we seen much of Ms. McCain in the run-up thus far? inqueering minds are curious if there's some shame in the system....

    Posted by: resurrect | Mar 19, 2007 11:46:45 PM

  9. sad. very sad.

    Posted by: chris | Mar 20, 2007 9:10:01 AM

  10. Don't fool yourselves. McCain is never going to piss off the Mormons (who run Arizona--the state that sends him to the Senate) by promoting anything to do with contraception or AIDS awareness. Think about the state of Utah, where the state will pay for Viagra but not for the Pill. This is the mindset of the people who support McCain. Apparently knowledge can't penetrate that flag he wraps himself in.

    Posted by: Kim | Mar 26, 2007 6:05:46 AM

  11. Mr. McCain: Thanks for playing, really, but you're being voted off the Island. It's time to retire.

    Posted by: Greg G from Wash DC | Sep 5, 2007 11:06:49 AM

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